African Encounters SeriesAn Ewe folktale: The Hunter and The GazelleKofi Awoonor narrates an English language version of the Ghanaian folktale entitled "The Hunter and The Gazelle.” Recorded in 1985 at the University of Washington, Seattle. (To hear audio of singing portion view the Ewe language video). Topics: Ewe, Ghanaian Tales, Ewe Folklore, Ewe Tales, University of Washington
Focuses on marketplaces in Kanuri society in northeastern Nigeria, showing the closing of a traditional village market, the dedication and opening day of a new village market and the changes in the same market nine years later. Also shown are aspects of marketplace development in the nearby city of Maiduguri. Topics: Nigeria, Kanuri, Maiduguri, African Market, Dedication, University of Washington
Ghanaian writer and scholar Kofi Awoonor speaks of the great influence of the Ewe oral tradition on his work and sings several of the songs of those poets. He reads selections from his own early poetry and discusses the difficult problem of resolving the tensions between his African identity and European culture. Concludes with an interview with Karen Morell focusing on a comparison between the past of the oral tradition and the modern African poet. Recorded in 1978 at the University of... Topics: Kofi Awoonor, Ghanaian poetry, Ewe poetry, African poetry, African oral tradition, University of...
African Encounters Series The Akan of Ghana Presents the way of life of the Akan people in today's world, including sections on living conditions, education, religion, art and popular culture. Topics: Akan, Ghana, African Art History, Seattle Art Museum, University of Washington
Shows the Kanuri people of northeastern Nigeria in celebration of one of Islam's most important festivals, Id el Kebir, or the "Ram Festival", commemorating Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son. Although primarily a religious event, the festival also vividly presents to the public the core of the traditional Kanuri kingdom. Topics: Nigeria, Kanuri, Id el Kebir, Ram Festival, Traditional Kanuri Festivals, University of Washington
Kofi Awoonor reads selections from Night of My Blood; Ride Me, Memory; Guardians of the Sacred Word, and The House by the Sea. He speaks of the different pressures, experiences, and thoughts which shaped his poetry in the 1960’s, in the United States, and in prison in Ghana in 1976. Recorded in 1978 at the University of Washington, Seattle. Digitized from a VHS copy (transcript and audio-only recording of the video will be uploaded at later date). Topics: Kofi Awoonor, Poetry, Ghanaian -- Biography, Ghana, Ghanaian poetry, Karen Morell, University of...
African Encounters Series An Ewe folktale: The Hunter and The Gazelle Kofi Awoonor narrates the Ghanaian folktale entitled "The Hunter and The Gazelle" in the original Ewe language. Recorded in 1985 at the University of Washington, Seattle. An English audio version by Kofi Awoonor is available athttps://soundcloud.com/uwlibraries/hunter-and-the-gazelle?in=uwlibraries/sets/karen-l-morell-collection Topics: Kofi Awoonor, Ewe, Ghanaian Tales, Ewe Folklore, Ewe Tales, Ghana, University of Washington
African Encounters SeriesAtano: River Deities of the AkanDescriptions using both still and live action shots of the religious ceremonies of the Akan people that relate to the gods of the Tano River in Ghana. Topics: Akan, Ghana, Religion, African Art History, University of Washington
The construction of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, its opening to traffic on July 1, 1940, its collapse on November 7, 1940, and footage of testing on a scale model of the bridge. The bridge experienced oscillations both while under construction and after opening, and in May of 1940 the Washington Toll Bridge Authority hired Professor Farquharson to make wind-tunnel tests and recommend solutions in order to reduce the oscillations of the bridge. The recommendations were delivered days before the... Topics: F B Farquharson, University of Washington, Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Failure,...
byRay Silverman (script/researcher), Karen L. Morell (director/producer)
This video documents lost wax processing of brass by the Bono people of Ghana (original Super 8 field footage). Topics: Ghana, Bono, Lost Wax Casting, Bells, African Art History, University of Washington
African Encounters Video SeriesBeauty and the Beast A video program with videography and narration by Herbert M. Cole. The video was taken in 1983 in the Agwa village-group in Nigeria. Beauty and the Beast: Comparing Two Igbo MasqueradesBy Herbert M. Cole This video compares two quite different, separate masquerades in a single Igbo community: Ekeleke, a dance of several stilt maskers, along with a masked leopard and diviner, contrasting with Okoroshi, a more complex and lengthy masquerade... Topics: Nigeria, Igbo, Igbo (African people) -- Social life and customs, Masquerades, African Art History,...